NYA Sports & Fitness Center, in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank and additional support from Sandy Hook Promise, is launching a free, four-week wellness initiative for 40 adult Newtown residents currently struggling to maintain their fitness levels.
An hour-long informational meeting will be held on Thursday, October 30, at 7 pm, in the auditorium of Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street, to discuss the School Based Health Center set to open in January 2015. The Board of Education unanimously approved in September a grant-funded school-based health clinic for the middle school last month.
Newtown’s third annual Walk 4 Water will be take place Sunday, October 19, at Fairfield Hills, from 10 am to noon. Meet at Keating Farms Avenue. All ages are invited to participate in a three-mile walk simulating the daily trip African families must make to retrieve clean water. Later on Sunday, the annual CROP WALK -- which this year is also focusing on issues of clean water for drinking, bathing, and more -- will also take place.
AARP Connecticut will host a Caregiver Listening Session in Newtown on Friday, October 24, from 7 to 9 pm, at LeReine’s Cuisine. Community members who are family caregivers, members of the sandwich generation, or grappling with the challenges faced by aging, ill or disabled loved ones are encouraged to attend and share their stories and insights.
Newtown has contracted with MORE Advertising, and has launched a short survey that will capture the public’s current knowledge and perception of risk about tickborne diseases. The survey includes 22 questions, and should not take more than five minutes to complete. Launched in September, the survey is still available online. It is also available in print for those who may not have Internet access or prefer to do it manually. The plan is to promote the survey widely through a variety of groups to solicit maximum participation and input. The survey and data collection is the first step in compiling a marketing plan to help target audiences that are either unaware or unmotivated by the localized threat of tickborne illnesses.
Over the past decade, an increasing public awareness about treating and preventing concussions, especially among younger rec league, school, and college athletes, has brought the issue out of emergency rooms and into living rooms. It now concerns not just coaches, but whole communities. According to the governor’s office, 13.5 percent of high school students self-reported getting a concussion during sports. Fortunately for local student athletes the local school district, and particularly Newtown High School, is already ahead of the game when it comes to responding to and addressing students who may be exposed to, or who have already suffered, concussions. Little did Athletic Director Gregg Simon know that his planned info session would occur the evening after Mr Cochran made his potentially career-ending decision.
LeReine’s Cuisine, a restaurant at 31 Pecks Lane, is hosting a free community event, “Meet AARP CT,” on Sunday, October 12, from 1 to 3 pm. This will be is an opportunity for area residents to learn more about AARP and what the organization does at the state and local levels. AARP Advocacy works with legislators to share concerns on issues for seniors and their families, in order to implement better legislation and policies statewide.
On Thursday, October 16, at 5:30 pm, at Masonicare at Newtown, Nancy Petrosky, BSN, clinical hospice supervisor, will present a free program titled “Health Care Decisions Shouldn’t Be Confusing.” Ms Petrosky he will discuss topics about health care and hospice such as advance directives, guidelines for Medicare and Medicaid, and the difference between home care and hospice.
HARTFORD — The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) has been notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of 12 new laboratory-confirmed cases of enterovirus D68 infection (EV-D68).
The new cases are all pediatric patients from three Connecticut hospitals, including two at Danbury Hospital, according to Newtown Health District Director Donna Culbert. All patients have recovered and been discharged. It is not known if the two Danbury Hospital cases were from the Newtown District. DPH advises parents and health care providers to be aware of the symptoms of this respiratory illness. Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
A bake sale on Friday, September 26, from 7 am until 11 pm at Danbury Hospital’s Robolitti Conference Center will raise funds to help cover costs for one of the hospital’s own. John Young, an RN at the hospital for RN at Danbury Hospital for more than 30 years, was recently diagnosed with Amloidosis, a rare bone marrow disorder. His family, friends and coworkers are coming together in support of Mr Young, as well as his wife Beth and their two teenage daughters.